Luke Hancock booster shot at the Red Cross

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The observer is strapped in giving blood at the American Red Cross on Hubbard’s Lane, the hemoglobin flowing from his left arm when the unexpected happens.

“Ooooooh, my Lord” shrieks the Red Cross worker in his ear. “What’s wrong?” he asks, looking first at the needle, his arm and then the phlebotomist.

She’s not looking at him, however, but staring in awe out the window, proclaiming, “That’s Luke Hancock,” she says. “I can’t believe it.” Hancock is heading next door to pick up his dog Chloie from the pet store where his pet has been getting a shampoo. The last person the technician is concerned about is the donor for now.

Screenshot 2014-10-15 16.26.16Meanwhile, all the Red Cross technicians, except for the lone UK fan, pull out their cell phones to get pictures of him heading back to the car. One of them is bold enough to invite him into the facility. Luke passes on giving blood this trip but patiently poses for photos. (See the excited Erin Huguley with Luke above, and with his dog Chloie below).

Hancock is incredibly upbeat despite being waived by the Memphis Grizzlies a couple days ago, and still wearing their T-shirt. And the observer is able to thank him personally for those four consecutive three-pointers for the University of Louisville in the NCAA Final Four in 2013.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.